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Hear Elizabeth Trundle's "Sift"

Listen to this excellent audio recording of an excerpt of Elizabeth Trundle's story "Sift" from the current issue.

Megan Persichetti reads; Jim Coleman engineered the recording.

Elizabeth Trundle has degrees from Brown University and Hollins College. As Boo Trundle, she performed and recorded original music, which was released through an imprint of Caroline Records. She has also written for textbooks in the subjects of math and literature. She gathers her thoughts online at www.itchybanquet.com.

P(rivate)S(paces) w/ Eric Weinstein

in which Prairie Schooner contributors give us a glimpse into their writing spaces and sensibilities.
Eric Weinstein

Eric Weinstein’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Best New Poets 2009 anthology, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Ploughshares, and others. He was named a finalist for both the Poetry Foundation’s 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship and the 2011 National Poetry Series. He lives in New York City.

What Madame Bovary Taught Me About Reading

I think I may be the only person in the world who didn’t know how Madame Bovary ends. Like Anna Karenina’s train suicide or The Awakening's closing drowning, Emma Bovary’s death by arsenic remains one of the great cultural referents for end-of-novel suicides. To everyone else, at least. Assigned the novel in a nineteenth-century history class this semester, I dutifully skipped the plot-spoiler introduction, remaining blissfully unaware of Emma’s iconic end as the book unfolded. Until AWP, that is. I have no objections to the panel, which was on the state of the contemporary novel, nor do I remember the exact context of the remark. It was an aside; the panel itself had nothing to do with Flaubert’s famously obsessive work.

ZZ Packer--Full Interview!

As part of Air Schooner #5, PS Senior Reader Robert Fuglei interviewed renowned writer ZZ Packer. Listen to the uncut version of ZZ's thoughts on teaching talent in the writing classroom and the importance of voice.

Three Questions for Katie Wudel

Claire Harlan-Orsi interviews the PS Spring 2012 Contributor on her short story, "Bad Aim," and other writing matters

Katie Wudel’s short fiction and essays have appeared in Tin House, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Rumpus, Monkeybicycle, and other publications. A recent writer in residence at Hedgebrook, Katie has taught creative writing at San Francisco’s School of the Arts and the University of Nebraska-Omaha Writer’s Workshop. Her story “Tongueless” was listed among Wigleaf’s Top [Very] Short Fictions of 2011. You can find out more about Katie by visiting www.katiewudel.com.


You use third person point of view, but Harry's unique (acerbic, vocal) way of seeing things really comes through in the narration. How did you decide on this perspective, and how did you develop Harry's voice?

Etgar Keret--Full Interview!

As part of Air Schooner #5, host Scott Winter interviewed acclaimed writer Etgar Keret, who talks about his recent New Yorker story, the difficulties of being categorized, and where he gets his inspiration. Check out the full interview here!

The Strange Comix of S. Clay Wilson

This is the second installment of an ongoing series written for the blog by Richard Graham. Richard is an associate professor and media services librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studies the educational use of comics and serves as the film and art history liaison. His posts examine UNL’s, Nebraska’s, and the larger literary world’s connections with the comics medium.

In my previous blog post, I mentioned Ted Kooser’s friendship with underground comix creator S. Clay Wilson. Wilson is one of the original members of the Zap Comix collective, a notorious group that also included Robert Crumb, Spain Rodriguez, Robert Williams, and psychedelic poster artists Rick Griffin and Victor Moscoso.

Spring 2012 Is Out!


  • Denise Duhamel's stunning long poem paralleling the narrator's relationship with that of Barack and Michelle...
  • Polly Rosenwaike's story of Mother's Day ambivalence (seasonally appropriate!)...
  • Martha Silano's advice for museum-goers...
  • love poems...
  • Kuno Raeber in translation...
  • ...and so much more!


  • "I aimed and fired, not / expecting anything to happen, / but a winged shadow fell / to the forest floor."
  • "He sprang at me like a lynx or an ocelot or some other small, wild cat that regional zoos can afford."
  • "She pours decaffeinated crystals and steaming water into a cup, adds two tablets of saccharine and a splash of Irish courage, as she calls it, then sits at the table and sips and waits for the evening to begin."

Seven Questions for Sigrid Nunez

PS Web Editor Theodore Wheeler interviews the accomplished prose stylist about judgmental sisters, the importance of solitude to writers, and other topics.
Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez is the author of six novels, including The Last of Her Kind and, most recently, Salvation City. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Her story “Worried Sisters” appears in the Spring 2012 issue of Prairie Schooner.

Nomad Nabina Das

This is the first in a series of blog posts by guest contributor Nabina Das. Born and brought up in Guwahati, Assam, India, Nabina has a novel titled Footprints in the Bajra (Cedar Books, Delhi) and an MFA from Rutgers University. Winner of several writing residencies and national poetry prizes, Nabina’s poem has been included in the Nagaland Secondary Board of Education syllabus. A 2007 Joan Jakobson (Wesleyan) and 2007 Julio Lobo (Lesley) fiction scholar, she has worked in journalism and media for about 10 years, trained in North Indian classical music and folk songs, and performed in radio/TV programs. Nabina lectures in classrooms/workshops, designs brochures and poetry post cards, and blogs at http://nabinadas13.wordpress.com/. She loves reading (never call it teaching) poetry and doing street theater with children.


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